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When We Were Young

When We Were Young


A.A. Milne’s first book (written 1923) in the Winnie-the-Pooh series, and it’s a book of poems about pre-Winnie-the-Pooh characters, mostly kids, but now and then a soldier, a doctor, or a dairymaid.


They’re the best introduction your childen could ever have to poetry. The poems you read with them and to them will stay with them for life, and the’ll pass them on to their children, and on it’ll go like that. Here’s one called


The Fourth Chair


Whenever I sit in a high chair

For breakfast or dinner or tea,

I try to pretend that it’s my chair,

And that I am a baby of three.


Shall I go off to South America?

Shall I put out in my ship to sea?

Or get in my cage and be lions and tigers?

Or—shall I be only me?


They’re all like that, and they’re all illustrated by Ernest Shephard, whose illustrations are as good as the words.

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